I love sitting down with the kids and writing letters to Santa. I love the part where they get to practice their penmanship and learn basic letter writing skills. I love the wacky things they come up with when they are writing. And I love the part where it “locks in” their Christmas wishlist (sorry kiddo, you already sent your letter off to Santa asking for X, you can’t change your mind now).
I love that Canada Post has a Letters to Santa program, where you can send a letter to Santa and his jolly elves postage free.
I have clear memories of writing out my own letters to the North Pole when I was in grade school, of dropping my letter off in the post box, and of getting a reply back from Santa on that colour Christmas-themed stationery.
Writing to Santa is a Christmas tradition that I love sharing with my children. My kids’ usual letter format is something along the lines of “Hi Santa, How are you? I hope you’re well. For Christmas could you please bring me x, y or z.”
I like having the kids ask for a couple of items and letting Santa chose what one item he will bring them this year. But, I feel like their letters could use a little more meat beyond “I’ve been good. Send me toys!”.
So this year, with the 6th grader’s help, I came up with a list of writing prompts, to give the kids a sort of choose-your-own mix and match template to use when drafting their letters.
CLICK HERE to download the letter writing template. Kids can pick from the list of writing prompts, mix and match the ones they like, to help create their letter to Santa.
(F.Y.I. Not included in this template is the line “Don’t you ever get sick of milk and cookies?”, which the 11-year-old insists must be included in every letter to Santa.)
In case you’ve forgotten, Santa’s official address is:
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
No postage required. And, as long as you get your letter in the mail by Dec.10th, he’ll write back in time for Christmas.
According to the Canada Post website: December 10 is the last day to mail letters to Santa (it’s a long way to the North Pole and back!). Letters mailed after December 10 may not receive a reply before Christmas.
Bonus item: As a bonus for my email subscribers, I also designed some cute stationery for the kids to use complete with lines to help keep their handwriting tidy. If you’re already on my email list you should find this in your inbox sometime this week. If not, sign up here to receive your copy
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I just dig Canada Post’s Santa program and thought it would be fun to share some printables with you (since I ended up creating them for my own kids anyway).